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The Specimen

Ephemera guttulata (Green Drake) Mayfly DunEphemera guttulata (Green Drake) Mayfly Dun View 16 PicturesIt's about time I got a green drake on this site!
Collected June 1, 2007 from the West Branch of the Delaware River in New York
Added to Troutnut.com by on June 4, 2007

The Discussion

WbranchFebruary 24th, 2009, 3:12 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2417
I can't seem to be able to find my Green Drake/Brown Drake fly box....might of left it someplace or maybe it is up in my cabin but in case it is lost (over 100 emergers, duns, and spinmners) I was wondering what you PA/NY fishers use for the body? Specifically what color? do any of you color the dorsal side with brown indelible ink? I do and rib the abdomen with brown cotton thread. Thanks. A picture would be helpful.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
LittleJFebruary 24th, 2009, 7:40 pm
Hollidaysburg Pa

Posts: 251
I dont have a picture but here's my recipe.

green drake comparadun-

Tail- moose mane
body- blend of white, insect green, and olive wapsi rabbit dub
rib- white cotton embroidery floss
wing- dun coastal deer hair

spinner

tail- moose mane
body- white wapsi dub
rib - white embroidery floss
wing- dun coastal deer hair tied spent

I have used black ribbing in the past and it worked fine, but after looking at jason's pics I switched to a white ribbing because it seemed more accurate, and it has worked fine as well. I typically don't worry about the top color of my dries because i'm not yet convinced that it matters.
Flytyer0423January 28th, 2010, 6:16 am
germansville PA

Posts: 14
what i like for green drakes is using a olive-brown body with four or five long tails, i usually use moose mane, and a medium to dark brown hackle, sometimes i like to throw in a couple wraps of olive hackle between the brown, and wings i use a olive dyed mallard flank.
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Flytyer0423January 28th, 2010, 6:16 am
germansville PA

Posts: 14
what i like for green drakes is using a olive-brown body with four or five long tails, i usually use moose mane, and a medium to dark brown hackle, sometimes i like to throw in a couple wraps of olive hackle between the brown, and wings i use a olive dyed mallard flank.
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RleePJanuary 28th, 2010, 7:39 am
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

Posts: 353
In all the years I spent fishing the drake on PA freestones (an important distinction), I never used anything but a simple Gray Fox Variant (Flick) and can't say I ever had a refusal that could be attributed to inexact imitation. Always did well on it and it's a pleasant fly to tie and an easy fly to dry with a single false cast.

The pattern/photo is everywhere online; here's one example:

http://flytyingworld.com/fly-detail-58-GrayFoxVariant%28A.Flick%29.html

In all the years I spent fishing the drake on PA limestones, I never did well on anything but a #16 sulfur comparadun...:) That is to say, it was always my experience that the fish preferred the sulfurs which were almost invariably mixed in with the drakes on the water.

All the same, a lot of the guys I knew who fished the drake on Penns or Big Fishing swore by a Wulff-style pattern with a moose body tail, split greenish/yellow deer or calf for the wing, a white to off-cream body and a ginger/grizzly hackle mix. Usually, they were able to bring up several fish before switching to a sulfur and starting to really pound them as a result...:)

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